Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The iPhone ECG is the newest in point-of-care mobile health technology

Author: Thuc Huynh, MD

The iPhone ECG is a device that attaches to your iPhone like a protective case. On the back of the device are two electrodes that will be able to detect a patient’s cardiac rhythm.

The news was first broke by 3GDoctor and shows several photos of the device.

It’s a portable cardiac monitoring device. The iPhone ECG has the ability to detect and display one lead. It also has recording capabilities.

There is not a lot of information about the device at this time. However, I have an exclusive interview with Dr. David Albert at the Digital Health Summit next weekend. He is the man behind the concept of the iPhone ECG.

Dr. Albert says he intended this to be an inexpensive device for global use. I can see this being extremely helpful for doctors who practice point-of-care medicine such as at the patient's home, on the field of a football game, or at a nursing home where expensive EKG machines are not available.

An EKG machine can cost between $2,000 to $10,000 dollars. A portable EKG machine can cost several thousand dollars.

3GDoctor states the iPhonECG will cost less than $100 dollars.

I will definitely post my findings after the interview.

About the author:

Dr. Thuc Huynh is CEO of ScrubdIN, a startup company that aims to help health professionals choose their next medical app. Her main interest lies around how medicine can play a role with web 2.0 and social media. Dr. Huynh is currently Chief Resident at her Family Medicine Residency in Rapid City, SD and received her B.S. and M.D. at the Medical University of the Americas.

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